By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open final on Saturday to Naomi Osaka. She became the first Japanese tennis player to win a major.
Williams, during the match, had several run-ins with the official overseeing the match. She received three code violations and even called the official “a thief.”
According to TMZ Sports, Williams has been fined $17,000 for the code violations. She received a $4,000 coaching violation fine.
In addition, she received a $3,000 fine for smashing her racket. She also was hit with a $10,000 fine for verbal abuse towards the umpire.
Williams — who had her husband and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou at the Final — was frustrated with the umpire from the first violation. Then, it got worse, as the match went on.
She disputed the violations, and even told umpire Carlos Ramos that she would rather lose than to cheat. During an interview with ESPN, Mouratoglou admitted that he was indeed coaching Williams during the match.
He also said after the match that he did not think that Williams was paying any attention to him.
When Osaka received her trophy, there was boos from the crowd. Williams was still upset when she went into the press conference with the media after the match and claimed that she felt like she was penalized because she was a woman.
Her fine will come out of her $1.85 million earnings from advancing to the final for Williams.
“I can’t sit here and say I wouldn’t say he’s a thief, because I thought he took a game from me,” Williams said. “I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief.’ For me it blows my mind, but I’m going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal coordination — to be able to take our shirt off on the court without getting a fine. This is outrageous.
“The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves and they want to be a strong woman. They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.”